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Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini are giving us new adventures at the board to the east and Dennis Lohausen ad some great artwork to the Travels
In 1271, 17-year-old Marco Polo started on a journey to China with his father and older brother. After a long and grueling journey that led through Jerusalem and Mesopotamia and over the "Silk Road", they reached the court of Kublai Khan in 1275.
In The Voyages of Marco Polo, players recreate this journey, with each player having a different character and special power in the game. The game is played over five rounds. Each round, the players roll their five personal dice and can perform one action each turn with them. After five rounds, the game ends with players receiving victory points for arriving in Beijing, fulfilling the most orders, and having reached the cities on secret city cards that each player gets at the start of the game; these points are added to the VPs gained during the game. Very different starting positions and characters make this game different and fresh every game.
Box & Board
Character Card - Niccolo and Marco Polo
The Marketplace – the Goods are useful for many tasks
Close Up - Voyage of Marco Polo
The Travel Space
Sunset over middle Asia
From City to City
I made a small photo impression of the May Ducosim Boardgame Event in Amersfoort in the Netherlands
Close to the Old city Center
Amersfoort - Koppelpoort
Close to the Event a great boardgame shop "de Spellenwinckel" in the old streets of Amersfoort.
The main Hall
New tested prototypes
The Dice Tower - a nice one!
Bring & Buy Stand
Testing your prototype by 999 Games
Box & Board - Napoleon's last 100 days as Emperor. It simulates the desperate struggle that ensued on the Brussels' highway at the crossroads of Quatre Bras
Napoleon's last 100 days as Emperor. It simulates the desperate struggle that ensued on the Brussels' highway at the crossroads of Quatre Bras
Playing - Napoleon's last 100 days as Emperor. It simulates the desperate struggle that ensued on the Brussels' highway at the crossroads of Quatre Bras
The Gamemaster's Dutch Edition
La Granja the Alpich pond near the village of Esporles on the island of Mallorca
The Voyages of Marco Polo
1895 - 1898 - The three liberation wars fought between Cuba and Spain
The Dutch NSP Jury has selected the Winners for 2015 for best Family & Expert game!
Last Saturday I went to a small gaming club in Utrecht at Table top day.
I had time to play El Gaucho with Cowboys on the Pampa's and the second game I played was The Golden Ages an elegant Civ. Game. I had a good gaming afternoon.
A small photo impression:
Eight-Minute Empire: Legends
El Gaucho's at the Table
Selling of Buying Cows
Gaucho's taking their Actions
Cows of El Gaucho
Playing the Leader of the second Age
In Antwerpen was also a Table Top Day and they made also great pictures created by Walter Saenen & WAS:
In the adventure game North Wind, cities are suffering heavily under constant raids from pirates. As freelance trade captains, the players bring food and other goods to the cities, in addition to fighting the pirates whenever they encounter them. Fighting without cannons leads to poor results, however, and cannons are expensive. With each success, though, a player can better equip his three-dimensional ship and strengthen his crew.
In the end, the player who finds the best mix of trading and fighting will prove to be the victorious captain.
Box & Board - Presentation
Game in Progress
4 Player Game
It's about trading our goods!
Sailing the seven sea's
Grain, fish, salt, wood and wine and dark blue pirate captain
No not pirates again!
Pirates! Cannoneer & Cannons are very useful
Trading port - Trading goods for cold or goods
Goods & Pirates on board
Port of destination, and fulfill contract for this port
The Center board for victory point and contract requirements for the ports
Nord Wind is a good looking family game with great components and beautiful arkwork and an elegant gameplay.
In the beginning of the game you would trying to improve the quality of ship and crewmember to have more succesfull
explorations to the new ports. The high luck factor, easy machanics makes it an solid game for families. Easy to learn & teach.
Kings of Israel, a game taking place in Israel the Northern Kingdom during the reign of kings up until the destruction by the Assyrians. Each player represents a prophets that are trying to remove the evil (sin cubes) and idols from Israel. Building altars help guide the people in the coming difficult years for the Kings. In this cooperative game players work together to build enough alters before the Assyrians destroying the northern kingdom.
Reading the rules a Pandemic feeling start to grow but the idol mechanism, event cards and resource cards made this game fresh and different. The historical biblical theme fits pretty well without being preachy. But also useful for church service . The game has positive and negative event cards that are determined by the nations current King, sin is spreading the country, also from neighbor tribes and nations. The prophets have special abilities for there actions but teamwork is important.
Beautiful Arkwork on the Cover
Game turn orders
Event cards - Altar in Bethel
Idol Tokens in Chinnereth
Megiddo, the Prophet arrives
Influence from the South of Judah
A Prophet on the way to the city of Joppa
The King Maker, time is passing by
Forgiveness of Sins
Game Overview of the west coast.
King of Israel is a solid cooperative family game, with smooth and solid mechanics. Good game components and nice artwork, especially the box cover. Fun to play and easy to learn & teach. Lance Hill did a great job with this kick starter.
VERSAILLES is an innovative family game for 2-5 players, who will take on the roles of architects and interior designers, working together to create the magnificent palace for King Louis XIV, and compete for the favor of the great monarch himself. Each turn, a player will move one or more of their workers from one location to another and activate all of their workers gathered there. This will provide them with resources, allow them to build puzzle-like palace pieces, design impressive decorations for the interiors and the gardens of the palace and learn new skills, before His Majesty
Taking the role of architects and interior designers, working to create the palace for King Louis XIV5 - Player Game in Progress
King Louis XIV is on his way.
Placing the Palace Tiles
Alchemist Guild - Allows the player to advance one or more of their Technology Markers
The Architects’ Guild provides the player with a number of options when activated
Close Up - 5 Player Game
Each turn, playera will move one or more of their workers from one location to another to activate all of their workers gathered there
The Workshop location with the Decoration Tiles
Versailles is wel produces with fine components and artwork and a interesting theme.
The Idea of moving workers is fresh. During the game a variable way of strategies is missing especially in the end game.
Mechanics working smooth and it has a fast gameplay, clear rules and accessible for new gamers.
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Phil Walker-Harding & Tobias Schweiger created a delightful funny and fast drafting card game for young and old. In seven round your Sushi dinner will be served including a pudding dessert! The artwork is a pleasure for the eye. Bon appetite!
The ten different flavors
Sushi View - Preparation of your meal
five Player Cooking Cooks Contest
Pudding is served!
Box & Components
Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:03 am
As an Asian project developer you are challenged to build faster than your competitors to build a metropolis. Masao Suganuma Created with Noboru Hotta and Mirko Suzuki a fast , funny colorful city building card game with an Asian flavor. From a bakery to a metropolis in 30 minutes. The game is quickly learned and performed and suitable for the family. I expect the new expansions add more fun the city. Let the dices roll!
Box & Buildingcards
Twenty different building cards
Coins & Dices
Take A Break, at the Cafe
Four Players Setup
Income of the Bakery
A Growing City
Game Box & Components
It took some weeks but finally I got put all photo together into a list wich I started at November.
The last ten years I have always been to Spiel luckily. It started with visiting one day but now three days. Also this year I made a photo report of my impression of the fair, meeting people, having fun eating less and feel, touch, breath, watch and playing boardgames and more boardgames. Despite the strikes of buses and trains, I had no delays this year and after a drive of two hours of the fair from the Netherlands to Essen in Germany. I started this list in November but I always need more time to get all the stuff done, ...... just before the year ends. Well I hope you will enjoy this impression. And comments are always welcome.
Arriving in Essen
Arriving the Messe
Meeting Tom Vasel
Deutsche Spiele Preiss
Deutsche Spiele Preiss
Deutsche Spiele Preiss
Essener Feder 2014 Abluxxen - Linko!- from Wolfgang Kramer (Ravensburger)
The Main Hall
Here we go
Happy Sales Men
Lost ... in Hall #
People are People
Teuber he started making me doing this ...
Just Hanging Arround
Dissapointed people ... yes I was
Storing telling people
Winning People ... Winner of the IGA Limes
Designers and Deus
The Fairplay list
Leaving the fair
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